Assuming everyone has read the three stories titled Something Gained, this is where you get to vote for your favorite. If you’ve not read the stories, links are provided below.
As a quick summary, we solicited titles, readers voted on a favorite title, we each wrote a story using that title. Again, for Round 2, the winning title was Something Gained.
As a reminder, the writing challenge has no restrictions and the stories span a wide gamut of genres. The majority of the stories fall in the G and PG rating range with a few perhaps pushing into the soft R-rating. Those ratings are guidelines but they are subjective. If you find a story disturbing because of the topics, language, and/or plot points, stop reading and move on to the next one. It may seem like obvious advice, but these days many people go out of their way to experience outrage (and then complain about it).
If you’ve already read the stories and are ready to vote, cast your vote on the poll below. I added a quick story reminder next to the names to facilitate voting and avoid voting for the wrong author.
The stories can be found at the following links (including a blurb from each writer):
E. J. D’Alise submission<<link
What if you could buy and consume knowledge by ingesting the memories of experts and professionals? What if there was a black market for stolen memories? Would the world be worse, better, or the same? Throw in a conspiracy or two, and let’s find out.
R. G. Broxson submission<<link
Most of us love to hate politicians. Meet Senator Paul Debage (pronounced with a French accent), and you will find that he has no redeeming factors—save one. He is a runner. As a runner myself, I feel that makes him almost human. I invite you to run along with the ambitious Senator Debage as he attempts to finagle votes and solve a nagging mystery. Meet the vengeful Rush Spiegel and make up your mind for yourself. Saint or sinner? Sane or crazy? Justified or Just nuts?
Perry Broxson submission<<link
In the 24th century, superstition and religion have been replaced by science and robots . . . at least, that’s what two unsuspecting college students thought. At their Teach-Bot’s invitation, they participate in a robot ritual that, to their shock and horror, re-resurrects Jesus.
Jee-Bot is back. And boy is He angry!
For this round, the voting will close in three weeks. That’s Noon on Monday, May 9, 2022.
Votes are nice, but the writers also appreciate reader comments (often, more so than votes . . . but, you know, they also like votes).
A new set of titles will be offered shortly. This time, we’ll just have random titles as opposed to getting suggestions from readers. The change was made because it appeared that many people just voted for their own submission (something I should have foreseen).
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